Closed Businesses in Portland, Oregon
Customers who visit perfumer Jose Munoz’s 800-plus-square-foot shop should expect to find a wide variety of men’s and women’s perfumes from famed scent makers like Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Gucci and Davidoff. But, the family-owned shop’s true focus is on providing the right kind of customer service. In other words, Munoz knows that when your options are many, it can be an overwhelming experience to pick out just the right scent. That’s why the staff engages with each customer individually—through getting to know you, the staff can then guide you to perfect perfume. Plus, the shop even carries carries softer scents specifically designed for adolescents. Chad Walsh, 4/1/2014
With an operation that started in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2004, husband-and-wife winemakers Nic and Gracey Donahue relocated to industrial SE Portland in 2010, soon taking up residence in a building alongside other purveyors of fine, handcrafted beverages. (Their neighbors include Stone Barn Brandyworks and Marigold Coffee.) Specializing in Rhone varietals (syrah, viogner, grenache and mourvèdre) rather than those from Burgundy (chardonnay and pinot noir), Alchemy's grapes are sourced exclusively from Oregon (the majority coming from the Rogue Valley) and released on its Edwin Dyer label. Producing 700 cases per year in compact accommodations (just 1,000 square feet), Nic believes the winery can exist independently of the vineyard because he's interested in focusing on his passion "rather than being a farmer." And "wine production is my passion"—that and overseeing the newest addition to the crew, assistant winemaker Nash (aka his 1-year-old son), as well as an elder member of the team, their baby blue Chevy pickup dubbed Ol' Betsy. Chris Young, 5/30/2013
Alexa Stark was born in New Jersey, grew up in New York City, and, in 2011, moved to Portland "on a whim." After a year spent selling clothes of her own design and retrofitting apparel for the King neighborhood's Factory boutique, Stark has now opened her very own brick and mortar specializing in original lines of men's and women's clothes made from new, organic, salvaged, recycled, and vintage materials. Her space, she says, is stocked with the works of more than a dozen apparel designers from Portland and the Big Apple, which makes her retail spot feel like a "gallery for fashion." Chief among the items available are three lines of "affordable, approachable and high-end" women's clothes designed by Stark herself. Chad Walsh, 8/7/2012
Amy Dotts was born and raised in Portland, but she studied art and sculpture in San Francisco. When she returned to Portland at the end of 2009, she decided she would put her sculpture engineering expertise to use as a clothing designer and set out teaching herself that trade. Within months, she had a booth at the Saturday Market where she sold lines of her own classic and colorful designs. And in January, she opened her first brick and mortar, which features her blankets, bags, and tailored dresses (made and altered to complement any woman's shape), plus the works of other local designers who make crocheted hats, jewelry, and belts from recycled bicycle tires. Chad Walsh, 2/7/2012
Ah, to be six years old again, when people planned your birthday parties for you and it was almost a guarantee that pizza and ice cream would be involved. Recapture some of that childhood glee with a visit to Atomic Ice Cream, which opened as part of the increasingly popular NoPo spot, Atomic Pizza. Atomic features offerings from local ice cream favorite Ruby Jewel, including salted lime sorbet, malted vanilla, and salted dark chocolate. After the joy of one of Atomic Pizza’s killer pies, the ice cream will taste even better. No goody bag necessary. Ben Waldron, 8/2/2011
Stan Pratnicki says he and his wife, Kimberly, wanted to open a bar that serves "exceptional food." To do so, Pratnicki drew from both his Polish and Italian roots, designing a menu that features Polish specialties (pierogies, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage rolls, and house-smoked, hand-stuffed kielbasas) as well as specialty 12-inch pizza pies, including one topped with clams. Standard pub fare (burgers, salads) is also available, and you can wash it down with a pint of Pacific Northwest draught beer, a bottle of Polish porter, or one of 14 specialty cocktails, many of which emphasize vodka from Poland. Chad Walsh, 12/5/2012
If there are three things Portland likes, they are beer, music and wine. Housed in the old Vinideus haunt in Cully, Barile’ is a wine bar and bottle shop with a regular line-up of musicians and DJs every Friday and Saturday. The beer menu features drafts from Portland, Eugene and White Salmon along with bottles from New York, Belgium and Amsterdam. The shop’s vibe is casual class, with warm lighting and a dazzling wall of domestic and foreign wines. Watch for tasting events, including a tour of Spanish wines this month. Charity Thompson, 10/5/2010
Somewhere between a retro truck stop and the trendy Killingsworth scene is where you’ll find the aesthetic of Beaterville. The server knows what she’s doing, seamlessly blending a greeting into a request for a drink order. Grab the Greyhound she suggests and order the biscuits and gravy with two over easy eggs and a side of bacon, the way owner Bill Lockner suggests is “killer.” Believe him, too: He’ll probably be the one cooking it.
It’s the good stuff, with a dash of paprika and a handful of scallions finishing off the gravy. If you sit in the cafe side as you stuff yourself with this rich dish, you’ll get an idea of Lockner’s love for old cars—the décor is all fenders and chrome bits he’s collected over a lifetime in the neighborhood. If you’re lucky, he might even regale you with stories of old Portland. But if he’s busy, lean back in your 70s booth and keep an eye out for Sam Adams—he’s rumored to be a regular customer at this charming breakfast joint.
Bill Lockner grew up in North Portland and his breakfast-brunch spot of almost 20 years has become a neighborhood institution. The reasons why are myriad. There's the mishmash of mid-century decor—think Formica dinette sets, hubcaps, grills and fenders from 1950s classic cars, and a collection of old waffle presses and electric egg beaters. There's the sound of handbells ringing every time an order's up. And there's the food, of course—Lockner suggests first-timers ask for the Matador, a fluffy, fresh avocado and cheese omelet served with home fries and topped with housemade salsa and a thick cloud of sour cream. But, the ways in which Beaterville beats its competition is in its execution. The food, and the service, are fast, adept and consistent. Even when it's busy—and it does get busy—the wait for your food seems impossibly short. In other words, yes, the kitchen and service staff may seem like they're sometimes in the weeds, but, because of their well-oiled collective experience, those weeds are never deep nor tall. Beaterville's open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Along a small stretch of NW 23rd Avenue, among a cluster of up-to-the-minute fashion and consignment storefronts, stands a new, spacious boutique, naturally lit by several floor-to-ceiling windows, that caters to Portland's fashion-forward women. Owner Rami Bargoti, who first joined the business as a buyer for his uncle's Jordanian boutique at the age of 13, has traveled the world (Italy, Turkey, Dubai) in search of fashion, and plans on mingling internationally and locally designed products into an ever-expanding collection of women's shirts, skirts, dresses, shoes, purses, and pocketbooks. Chad Walsh, 4/3/2012
Be on the lookout for a T. rex riding a bike under the Hawthorne Bridge. He’ll be wearing a helmet and goggles, of course, and he might be on the way to buy some handmade jewelry. How is this possible? Because of Bikeasaurus. The shop in Buckman offers all of the goods you would want after buying a bike elsewhere—practical gear and accessories, locally made art, gifts and zines, all bike themed. Because, you see, the Bikeasaurus knows—a Portland bicyclist is a badass with a conscience. Charity Thompson, 10/5/2010
Alleyway Cafe's Eric Manfre's just put the finishing touches on his new Cajun-inspired lunch, dinner and late-night deli and lounge. Because we're talking Cajun food here, expect pulled pork po' boys with fried pickles, alligator meatball subs, classic and Cajun slaws, seasonal salads, a pair of potato salads, and sweets like maple bacon-wrapped dates. And, because we're also talking Portland, some of those po’ boys are vegan too. The 100-seat spot is dog friendly, has a full bar, six taps, a beer and wine cooler (for bottles to go), and dartboards, dominoes and cards. Manfre says plans are in place for weekend brunches, and he's already planning Biloxi's winter menu, which will feature pierogies and hand pies. Chad Walsh, 9/3/2013
Opened by longtime friends Darcy Perry and Melissa Steenson, Bin 21 features a modern design—think roll-up garage doors that open up the space when it's warm—but a menu that has the feel of a European-style cafe, with an emphasis on savory Mediterranean flavors (salads, panini, and cheese and charcuterie plates). Plus, in addition to offering a few Oregon draught microbrews, they offer something a lot of places don't: three wines on tap. Perry adds, if you bring in your own bottles or growlers, they'll happily fill them up for you. Coming soon, she says you can expect a small specialty shop featuring olive oils, wine by the bottle, and locally roasted coffee, as well as classes on how to pair your favorite wines with chocolates and cheeses. Chad Walsh, 5/1/2012
Designer denim devotees who have followed Blake Nieman-Davis and his eponymous shop like disciples for the last seven years have a new place to worship. He has completely remodeled the former Smith & Hawken space in Northwest District with a vintage industrial cool, all the better to showcase the over 50 brands of jeans, tops and accessories. Plus there’s parking, so you can take hours trying on as many pairs as you’d like. And rest assured, with Nieman-Davis’ expertise, you’ll be walking out with a pair (or several) that makes your rear view, ahem, as hot as can be. Liz Hummer, 9/14/10
We’ll count Blue Olive as “new” as well after their nearly identical move from Northeast Fremont Street to Northwest District. Although the new location has downsized its outdoor seating from the former locations expansive patio to a handful of sidewalk tables, the Mediterranean restaurant has upped the ante with a large, full bar that features a new cocktail list, happy hour (3-6 p.m.), and late-night bar menu ($3-$6 dip sampler, Mediterranean salad, burger & fries, and more). With light and flavorful dishes like Lamb Chops with roasted potatoes and Chicken Saffron Kebobs, we think the “new” Blue Olive may beat the curse on this restaurant corner. Liz Hummer, 8/6/10
Since 2010, Chickie Massa has been baking cookies and selling them wholesale to New Seasons and other stores around town. But with the help of what she calls her "talented crew," all of whom bring "new ideas and techniques" to the cookie-making process, Massa has officially opened a 15-seat retail space where you can find her ever-popular chocolate chunk cookies among a handful of always-changing cookie varieties that you can enjoy with a drip coffee, cup of tea or "frosted" glass of milk. Have a pup? Massa and her team also bake Citizen Kanine natural peanut butter, oat and pumpkin cookies for your best friend.
A fine addition to Portland's growing city-wide closet of vintage clothing, this small Hollywood spot was opened by a Dallas transplant who sources a lot of her selection from the Lone Star State, including a originals from the early days of Neiman Marcus. With many items in pristine condition, it's impressive that nothing is over $100. Liz Hummer, 11/17/09
Boxer Sushi's slogan—"Strictly sushi. Maybe some whiskey."—is a little misleading, mostly because this bare-bones sushi spot carries a not-so-diminutive list of 36 whiskeys, as well as beer, sake, white wines, and other spirits. Other than that, the menu is strictly sushi, although you can get bowls of edamame and miso soup. Experienced head chef Ian Skomski, who attended a sushi academy and a sushi institute in Los Angeles as well as helming the kitchen at Yakuza for two years, says Boxer's specialty is the "omakase," or the chef's choice, which lets you to sample plenty of options from a menu dreamt up daily by Skomski and his crew. Chad Walsh, 6/5/2012
For the last year, hungry lunchers and famished late-nighters could order up quick eats from the figurative and literal hole-in-the-wall at the back of the Couture Lounge. A year later, the folks at Couture have decided that take-out simply isn't enough. Now, diners can meet to enjoy C Burger's menu in style, as Couture is opening its doors to the lunching public weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You'll still find your favorites like burgers, fries and buttermilk onion rings, but now they're offering salmon burgers, turkey burgers and entrée salads. Of course, the hole-in-the-wall will remain open Wednesday-Saturday until 3 a.m. Chad Walsh, 1/1/11
While Christian and Annette Joly still plan to host weeknight and weekend Chez Joly-style catered events in their 50-plus seat space (including business dinners, wedding showers and rehearsal dinners), they are opening it to the public for breakfast and lunch services on weekday mornings and afternoons. Choose from a variety of espresso drinks and pastries (maple-bacon croissants and coconut macaroons) for breakfast, or tuck in for a long lunch with a cocktail or glass of Oregon red while noshing on fare like brined chicken breasts, pork loin and caramelized apple sandwiches, mushroom and chèvre cheeseburgers with hand-cut fries, and salads topped with steak or duck. Chad Walsh, 4/1/2014
Nina Bingham, a published poet and a general practitioner for those in crisis, originally got her start in the medical field as a clinical hypnotherapist. Presently, she offers a variety of treatments to help those affected by anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, and personality and behavioral disorders, as well as those struggling to "come out." Bingham also just published Never Enough, her fourth title, a recovery workbook to assist those living with addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders to lead healthy, happy, productive lives. Chad Walsh, 10/28/2012
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Think of this restaurant as the indoor alternative to your weekend’s late-night food cart runs. Chix Stix serves traditional and Japanese-fusion kabobs, but only after most restaurants have closed on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes kabobs with chicken, pork, steak, or tofu and vegetables, plus Asian coleslaw, sodas, beer and sake. Just remember that this place is cash-only and that no one’s getting in before 10 p.m. Charity Thompson, 4/6/11
Compote’s specialty is not exactly surprising. The café/bakery’s small but thorough menu includes dishes that feature seasonal compote, a sweet dish of fruit housed in sugary syrup. Patrons can munch on biscuits with homemade cream and one of the dessert-like concoctions. Compote doesn’t limit itself, however, and also offers a range of sandwiches including egg salad and a delicious-sounding gravlax sandwich with shallot crème fraiche. Credit the Clinton street business for including a sizable kid’s menu, which includes a PBJ with, you guessed it, strawberry compote. Ben Waldron, 5/3/2011
Sarah Leonard says she wanted to open a space "that would include family-friendly, simple pleasures and indulgences." It was natural, then, for her to start the Cosmic Soda Pop & Candy Shop where children, parents and grandparents can choose from 37 flavors of hand-stirred sodas (which she stresses are not made with high-fructose corn syrup), phosphates, egg creams, milkshakes, ice cream cones, and approximately 1,000 varieties of imported and old-fashioned candies. Cosmic also stocks nearly 300 labels of bottled soda, many of which are adventurously infused with flavors like celery, jalapeño-apple, bacon, and Buffalo wings. Cosmic also cater birthday parties, donate to local schools and little league, and, every first Friday, host art shows. And, as the stated on the website, she's “doing her part to ‘Keep Portland Weird’ by dedicating an in-store shrine to Portland's beloved children's morning program host and button collector, Ramblin' Rod, on whose sweater you can pin your own buttons.
Cosmic Soda Pop & Candy Shop provides unique family fun that you can drink up! Our soda fountain serves up 40 different flavors of hand-stirred sodas, old-fashioned milkshakes, malts, floats, ice cream and more! In the coolers you will find another 275 different ice-cold bottled sodas. We also carry a large selection of vintage candy, imported candy and bulk candy. There's lots of room to sit down and enjoy—either at the counter or on one of our cozy couches. Sarah Leonard
The Old Town nightlife scene just got a huge boost of class thanks to this new "ultra lounge." Boasting high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, multi-hued lighting, dark leather banquettes—even a separate VIP bar—Couture certainly lives up to its stylish name. But is there substance behind that pretty facade? Well, how about mussels and clams with chorizo and fennel? Or an organic burger stuffed with Fourme D'Ambert cheese and topped with Fontina, applewood smoked bacon, tomato jam, aioli, and housemade pickles? The European dishes (Osso Bucco, duck papparadelle) are complemented with Asian flavors (Korean bbq shortribs, kimchi fritters) and artisan cocktails like the Trolley Car (fig-infused bourbon, Grand Marnier, fresh orange & lemon served with a cinnamon cugar rim). Even better: it's affordable glitz, with entrees priced $13-$22, and happy hours deals $4-$8 (4 p.m.-7 p.m. & 10 p.m.-12 a.m.). Liz Hummer, 1/7/10
Hello, gluten-free desserts! Joe Kalal and Karen Goetsch moved their baking company from San Francisco to Portland this year, and its entire menu is gluten-free. Kalal is a pastry chef trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York, while Goetsch has a background in DIY business practices. Kalal has celiac disease and wanted to be part of the movement to make gluten-free food more accessible. His menu includes cookies, cupcakes, breads and cakes, and he offers gluten-free baking classes (a two-hour private lesson is $80). The opening of their new shop in Northwest District was partially funded through gifts from individuals pitching in at Kickstarter.org. Charity Thompson, 10/5/2010
Husband-and-wife team Joe and Karen, the masterminds behind Dessert Labs, began making gluten-free red velvet cupcakes as soon as they switched their diet, since it’s Karen’s favorite flavor. Having a red-velvet groupie and dedicated gluten-free diner behind this recipe paid off in creating a tasty gluten-free cupcake. The cake was surprisingly bouncy and spongy (unlike the gummy texture of most gluten-free baked goods) but, in my opinion, could have used a bit more moisture. The lightly-sweet vanilla Swiss-meringue buttercream, with vanilla bean specks, offered a wonderful, buttery balance to the gluten-free goodness of this cupcake.
If you run a large, profitable company, it's fairly easy to earmark money to secure and amplify your business' online presence. But for small business owners, not so much. That's something web design and branding veterans Robin Stevens and Rhonda Spencer are hoping to change. Both have experience working for big clients, but they noticed over time that their friends and other local businesses didn't really have affordable options at their disposal. Digital Jumpstart, Stevens explains, was created to offer the local, little guys affordable packages for web design, brand polishing and social media setups—the aims of which are not just to help small business owners anticipate what their customers want and expect, but to translate their visions into effective online presences.
Web marketing is more than art; it’s science. It’s knowing how to organize content so that customers can find what they’re looking for. It’s understanding how search engines index your copy so that you can get found by customers you haven’t met yet. It’s coaching you to write content that’s formatted the way everyday people respond to information online. It’s understanding that design shapes perception down to the last detail. It’s making every interaction count.
Two digital veterans lead the Digital Jumpstart team to nail your web presence and online communication. Experience Lab and Freshfruit Creative have joined forces to bring 20 years of experience in Web strategy, usability, architecture and design to the smaller independent businesses and non-profits we know and love.
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Robin Stevens and Rhonda Spencer
Urban Restaurants, the group behind NW Portland's Brix Tavern, Bartini and Urban Fondue, have brought a modern sport bar to the residents of SE Portland who can now play arcade games, challenge one another to shuffleboard or pool, or watch the latest big games on one of nearly a dozen televisions. Mike Pifher, the saloon's general manager, says the menu, dreamt up by the group's executive chef, Kevin Kennedy, features a modern twist on Southern comfort food, with breakfast options on Saturdays and Sundays. The saloon also offers plenty of drink specials too, from summery cocktails served in Mason jars to domestic and craft beers served from the tap or in a can. As for the name? Pifher says that one of his colleagues recently suggested that they were all going to be in the dog house because they were out too late planning the venture rather than being at home with their wives. It stuck. Hours are 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1 a.m., on Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-midnight on Sunday. Chad Walsh, 3/6/2012
Vegan baker Morgan Grundstein-Helvey got her start at—you guessed it—the farmers market, and in a town experiencing a bit of a bakery boom, her delicious and beautiful treats have found a home of their own in Vernon. In addition to Aunt Miriam’s sticky buns, sweet and savory tarts, seasonal loafs, muffins, cookies, muffins, pies, cakes… (oh my!), there is housemade coconut yogurt and granola, French press Courier Coffee, and raw Magic Kombucha. Liz Hummer, 2/3/10
The Dr. is in. This new NW 23rd spot is just the prescription for folks in need of their Asian culinary medicine. Borrowing favorites primarily from Korea and Japan, Dr. Sushi has a full sushi selection and boasts tables with their very own BBQs in them for some family style grilling. Those not in the mood for bulgogi and pork belly can take on traditional Japanese fare like udon and donburi, or opt for something a bit more ambitious like oyster shooters with sea urchin and ponzu sauce. Nearby NW lunchers can take advantage of the reasonably priced platters and bento boxes. The large, sleek space, however, is more befitting a celebratory dinner of some sort. Doctor’s orders. Ben Waldron, 9/6/11
For 20 years, Pat Snyder owned and operated a carpet cleaning franchise in Northern California, but he's always been drawn to art. Now, within months of moving to Portland in late 2012, Snyder has opened a brightly colored retail store along the waterfront near RiverPlace Marina where he sells recycled and upcycled bags, reclaimed and restored furniture bearing the imprints of salvaged oil paintings (some of which Snyder himself has executed), and a line of signature soaps, made with pumice ash from both Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens. As for the name? Snyder says it's a nod to the nickname given to a species of Indonesian monkeys, long thought to be extinct, that were recently "rediscovered" by scientists. Chad Walsh, 12/5/2012
Cindy Rokoff's Pearl District boutique seems more like a carefully composed art installation designed by bohemians who have a collective eye for all things Art Deco and Nouveau than it does a vintage store. But a vintage store it is, and one where you can find carefully selected 1920s to 1980s-era women's clothes alongside antique tables, chairs, lamps, trunks, taxidermic heads (antelopes and alligators), men's shaving kits, Taschen books, candles, soaps, gift cards, and women's jewelry (almost all of which is locally made). Eve is also home to a unique collection of hard-to-find fragrances—from scents designed by French cult perfumer Serge Lutens to local colognes and perfumes courtesy of Slumberhouse and Imaginary Authors.
Eden takes inspiration from the beautiful designs of the 1920s and 1930s and the free spirit of the 1960s and 1970s. With an assortment of curiosities, clothing, jewelry and accessories, art objects, gifts, furniture and decor, Eden offers something for everyone! We are happy to announce that we have opened a bridal salon, Eve in Eden, also at 221 NW Davis featuring antique and vintage gowns and locally designed jewelry and accessories. Cindy Rokoff
Beyond the 14-foot salmon-colored curtains that hang along what seems like the back wall of Cindy Rokoff's Eden is a secret room—like a speakeasy, except the stock-in-trade isn't glasses of bathtub gin but vintage wedding gowns for brides-to-be. Rokoff says her bohemian bridal boutique features two kinds of gowns: vintage ones (many dating from either the 1920s or the 1970s) and locally designed and produced ones. She also carries several exclusive lines of vintage-inspired bridal jewelry to match those dresses, all of which are made by local hands. And, Rokoff says, if you're wedded to the idea of tying the knot in your grandmother's antique, but ill-fitting, wedding gown, Eve in Eden will tailor it for you, in-house.
Just because your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime deal doesn't mean your wedding gown needs to be too. Hanging in Cindy Rokoff's bridal salon—which is tucked neatly in the back of her Pearl District boutique, Eden—are vintage wedding gowns that span decades, from the 1920s to the 1980s, as well as new gowns designed by locals with an aesthetic that matches Eve's. And just because planning your wedding may cause you plenty of stress, that doesn't mean choosing your gown has to be without fun. Rokoff's staff knows the gowns and the designers, which means they can steer you toward the right dress for your special day. They also know champagne and will pour you a flute as you try on dresses in an effort to wash those stresses away. And even if you're not getting hitched, there's no reason that you can't browse bridal gowns—not all of them are white and a few of them are even flapper dresses. Need something to put the finishing touch on that wedding (or evening) gown? Rokoff's contracted nine local jewelers who've designed exclusive jewelry lines to match the shop's 200 gowns.
For the last seven years, motorcycle collectors Michael and Berenice Thomas have dreamt of finding just the right spot for a bike-themed brew pub. When the couple found a spacious 150-seat spot—210, if you count the private room—once home to Mickey Finn’s, “We knew Woodstock was it,” Michael Thomas says. The pub's "extensive" menu includes steaks, sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, pizza, and microbrewed beer. There's also a kids menu and even a place for them to get together to play pinball and arcade games. Of course, the pub is full of vintage bikes too, which rotate in and out every few months making the space a museum of sorts—one that serves grub and brews. Chad Walsh, 11/17/2013
When Portland's first and oldest fine dining establishment, Genoa, closed in 2008, it was the end of an era. The incredible Italian cooking that happened in that unassuming Belmont space (in Sunnyside) over 30 years was ahead of its time—seasonal, local, organic, artistic. But even the best need to evolve, and with a new chef (David Anderson, from Vindalho), a new investor, and one veteran manager, Genoa 2.0 debuted last month, with an entirely modernized dining room (and, finally, open windows!) that is a proper setting for the amazing food. What remains: the trademark antique sideboards and entry table with oversize floral display, and of course, the five-course prix fixe menu (updated to a 2010 budget-conscious $55/person). Not ready to make that kind of commitment? Now you can also grab a taste of Genoa at the next door Accanto cafe and bar. The clean and sophisticated "enoteca" is open for lunchtime paninis, after work cocktails, and casual dinners and pints. New and improved, indeed. Liz Hummer, 1/7/10
In late 2012, Oregon natives James and Courtney Drinkward shuttered their popular downtown sandwich cart, Eat This!, and went about remodeling a 1906 craftsman house in NW Portland into their first brick and mortar. The new lunch-and-dinner spot is now both naturally lit and spacious. It also has a kids menu and, if you're 21 or older, a second-floor bar where you can enjoy wine by the glass, Oregon drafts beers and specialty cocktails. Dinner entrées include braised oxtail, seared halibut, lamb, duck, and 12-ounce rib eyes, while the lunch menu is anchored by a Painted Hill house-ground cheeseburger served with hand-cut fries that you can dip in housemade spicy ginger ketchup. In all, the space seats 75, but when it's warm, it can accommodate another 50 on the spot's upstairs and downstairs outdoor patios. Happy hours run daily from 2 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close. And, the Drinkwards are setting their sights on Saturday and Sunday morning brunches too.
If you're a vegetarian (or a carnivore who's momentarily had his—or her—fill of meat), Huckleberry Pub has something that may pleasantly surprise you: tangy, vegetarian beet sliders. Sure, the kitchen here knows its meat (a lot of it is slow cooked in a smoker out back), but even meat lovers will find it hard to pass up animal-free (and, therefore, guilt-free) bites that come in reds, golds, whites and greens. If that sounds too healthy, the kitchen also prepares perfect Walla Walla onion rings. Battered in beer (10 Barrel Brewing’s IPA), these rings are crispy, crunchy and, best of all, not overdone—meaning you won't have a ribbon of onion hanging from your mouth after biting into one. Happy hour runs daily from 2 to 6 p.m., and again from 9 p.m. to close, Sundays through Thursdays. And if you work in the restaurant industry, it's happy hour all day every Monday.
On sunny weekend mornings and afternoons, NW Portlanders can be seen lounging, noshing and catching up with friends over a leisurely brunch on either of Huckleberry Pub’s first- and second-floor patios. The menu is a straightforward and simple one full of omelets, Benedicts and hashes with names that have been huckled for maximum pop cultural effect—Grandmaster Flash, Frank Sinatra, Harry S. Truman and Chuck Norris all get nods. If you’re thinking about ordering one of the pub’s three hashes, consider the HuckleBelly made with onions, red peppers and roasted red potatoes in a tomato-based gravy with a healthy helping of house-smoked bacon lardons. It comes with a pair of poached eggs too, as do either of the pub’s the Benes (ham and spinach or spinach and bay shrimp), while a lone poached egg tops the Mornin’ Caesar, a summer brunch salad tossed with a corn and black bean succotash and an anchovy vinaigrette. And while the pub has its share of house cocktails, it specializes in pint-sized brunchtime Bloody Marys, including those made with habanero-infused tequila and bacon-infused bourbon as well as a very horseradish-forward classic vodka version. Brunch lasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The name is no joke: After three restaurant-bars opened and closed in as many years, you could say the space next to Vault Martini is a bit jinxed. So the Vault folks took things into their own hands, opening this sassy cocktail lounge. With a menu featuring slightly more gourmet versions of ‘70s living room staples (think tater tots and salisbury steak) and drinks like the Love Boat, Hawaii 5-0, and Three's Company, irreverent nostalgia may be the winning formula. Liz Hummer, 11/17/09
If you're driving through Hillsdale on your way from one place to another, you just might miss Tamairah Boleyn's little wine bar tucked into the neighborhood's town center between a clothing boutique and a dry cleaner. But, the shop's more than just a place to get a bottle of wine for tonight's dinner, it's also—one day each week—a casual spot to score a well-executed brunch. Chef Earl Johnson's Hangtown Fry is a keeper—the menu indicates that it's a scramble, but it's more like a fluffy omelet stuffed with fried oysters, topped with onions, bacon and a caper remoulade, and paired with home fries that come with a ramekin of curry ketchup. But, your best bet is probably Johnson's duck confit hash, which comes with a pair of poached eggs perched atop a hash made with slow-roasted pulled duck, onions, celery, potatoes, and—the bow on the ribbon that ties this dish together—yams. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.
We love our local designers, but it’s always fun to mix it up with new talent as well. After graduating from OSU and designing clothes in New York for eight years, Leanna Carreon returned to the great Northwest to share with us some of her favorite lines: Foley & Corinna, Botkier, Gracia, Maloom, and many more. There is, fittingly enough, plenty of grey and black pieces from what we’ve seen so far, with pops of color in accessories and tops. Explore the East Coast designers on the web site, but visit the Pearl District shop to take advantage of their “style concierge.” Liz Hummer, 9/14/10
Alex Carlson's new cafe is, in a way, all things to all people. The cafe's menu (panini, soups and salads) was designed to appeal to carnivores and vegans alike, and the bar menu features coffee, tea and kombucha, as well as wine, beer and signature cocktails. The place seats 42 but can hold up to 200 for events, like musical performances, presentations and movies. There's also a kids menu and, unlike other bars, kids are free to stay until 10 p.m. Even your dogs are allowed (until 6 p.m.), if they're relaxed and well behaved. But, Carlson has something pretty much no ones else does: a state of the art lighting system that not only allows him to adjust the color, brightness and intensity of the space's light—which, in turn, allows him to literally change the room's mood with the twist of a dial—but, on gloomy days, provides light therapy for those feeling sluggish and emotionally oppressed by low-slung clouds. Plus, Carlson says, you can even take home some light when you go as Lightbar carries a small collection of light therapy devices for purchase. Chad Walsh, 7/2/2013
For more than 20 years, sisters Monica and Jennifer Ransdell owned and operated Hosford-Abernethy’s Dots Cafe before selling the business in mid-2012. But, their retirement didn't last long, and before they knew it, they were planning menus for their new breakfast, lunch and dinner spot—the new the Lily Day Cafe. The 40-seat space offers breakfast sandwiches, daily soups, entrée-sized salads, and lunch and dinner sandwiches, including a grilled cheese made with chèvre, caramelized onions and pepper jelly. The Ransdells also feature signature cocktails and beer by the bottle and can.
David Robles says his restaurant's rather large lunch and dinner menus feature dishes inspired by family recipes dating back three generations to Mexico's southern coastal state of Jalisco, which is also the exclusive home to the world's tequila trade. Then it should be no surprise that Lorena's food and drink menus are generously comprised of seafood and tequila options. Still, Lorena's kitchen also cooks up plenty of other fare, including fajitas, burritos, carne asada, huevos rancheros, and, for the finicky wee ones, burgers and fries. Pair your plate with a margarita, served on the rocks or frozen, and after that plate is clean, treat yourself to a scoop of deep-fried ice cream. Chad Walsh, 7/3/2012
When Justin King and chef Kenny Hill were gutting and remodeling the restaurant space recently occupied by Trébol, King found a Mexican wrestling mask behind one of the booths. The pair were already planning to turn the space into an 80-seat dinner and late-night bar that offered meaty, vegan and gluten-free South and Central American-inspired dishes, but finding that luchador’s mask seemed to be a lucky sign. In addition to offering cochinita pibils (slow-roasted pork), tortas, tacos, chicharrones, and daily tamales, Hill and King put a lot of thought into the bar program too. There will be eight draft taps (with one reserved for PBR), 10 signature house margaritas, and as many as 100 bottles of tequila, including some which are infused with other flavors. If that weren’t enough, they also plan to host tequila tasting classes and book musicians and DJs for entertainment. Chad Walsh, 2/4/2014
Madrona Hill Cafe's brunch isn't really a brunch. And, as its name implies, it's definitely more cafe than restaurant—but that won't necessarily disappoint you. In fact, it shouldn't disappoint you at all. The spot's a homey one—an ideal place to cozy up in a corner with a good book, a cup of coffee and a pastry—the cookies and muffins are scratch-made daily. But if you're looking for protein, ask for one of the cafe's four breakfast sandwiches, like the Green Eggs and Ham (basil, spinach and provolone and parmesan cheeses on a freshly baked croissant), and ponder why more places don't sandwich their eggs, meats and cheeses between croissants: They're flaky, chewy and, because they keep the whole thing together, easy to eat. The kitchen also blends up smoothies, and the thick, shamrock-colored Green Party (orange juice, avocado, spinach, bananas and green apples) is a keeper, but the cafe's true treat might just be its bread pudding—made by resourcefully taking leftover Delphina's Bakery baguettes (used to make the cafe's lunchtime sandwiches) and whipping them into a smooth, dense and never-too-sweet cakey pudding, which gets topped with either blueberries or raspberries and almonds. Breakfasty items are available all day, from 6:30 a.m. till 5 p.m, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Like other chef-inspired sandwich joints Bunk and Meat Cheese Bread, Melt is all about piling inspired combinations of gourmet, local ingredients between two slices of bread—and these ones are hot, hot, hot (as you might have guessed from the name). There's a crab burger with havarti, pot roast topped with crunchy onions, and a veggie with roasted eggplant, most under $9. Liz Hummer, 11/17/09
In 2010, chef Oswaldo Bibiano was a semifinalist for the 2010 James Beard Award based on the menu he put together for his Mexican restaurant, Autentica. Now, he's opened a second kitchen in NoPo, a lunch-and-dinner spot featuring small plates of authentic and creative Mexican dishes. The name Mextiza is a play on the term, "mestizo," which means a mixture of ethnicities, signaling that diners will have the opportunity to sample plates from different Mexican regions and cities, including Tijuana, Yucatan, Toluca, Oaxaca and Guerrero. Keep in mind, though, that when Mextiza opens up for dinner at 5 p.m. (they close for a couple of hours after lunch), minors will not be permitted. You'll understand why when you see their drinks menu, which lists 78 tequilas and mezcals, as well as a healthy sampling of red and white wines, four mostly local and seasonal draught beers, as well as the Mexican staple brew, Modelo Especial. -Chad Walsh
Mextiza's hora feliz is exactly that—one hour in which to sample your way through its happy hour menu and get a taste, at $2 to $5 a pop, of what to expect when you come back for dinner. If it's a bright, sunny day and you're in the mood for something light, ask for the shredded jicama, a very generously portioned (not so) small plate that the kitchen seasons with a New Mexican heirloom chili powder and toasted almonds. But if your belly wants something more substantial, order the doradita hard-shell taco, which is stuffed with kick-packing pulled pork and topped with chipotle-avocado puree, cool sour cream, and a sprinkling of cotija. Whatever you order, you must pair it with Mextiza's housemade sangria (red wine, vodka and freshly pressed lime and orange juices). The drink's made to order so every glass tastes dazzlingly fresh. Happy hours run from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, with late night hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 10 p.m.
After eight years of selling their Korean rice paper lamps online and at the Saturday Market, Rick and Cassie Kwon have opened a shop in Northwest District to showcase their delicate, tulip- and bulb-shaped creations. The ancient practice requires many layers, and the Kwons have added metal frames and a plastic coating to add durability for modern lifestyles while still retaining the soft, warm glow that the translucent shades emanate. Liz Hummer, 9/14/10
From designer Mihaela Munteanu comes Moontess, a clothing boutique for women on NW 23rd street. Moontess offers swimwear, lingerie and ready-to-wear items that are bright, stylish, and often sultry. Munteanu incorporates many themes into her impressive collection, including modern takes on floral prints and the use of patterns from centuries-old Japanese art. Ben Waldron, 5/3/2011
The Pearl District’s latest home décor and gift shop lends new meaning to the term “shabby chic”; the blend of rustic and refined pieces with classy and sophisticated touches create an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. There are bright recycled glass tumblers, charming vintage country signs, luxe lampshades, and even a tandem bike suspended from the rafters. Luckily, co-owner Neil Gomoluh makes his extensive design services available to customers, offering interior consults, remodeling services, and home staging. Liz Hummer, 7/6/10
After spending time in the kitchens of Portland and his native New York, Chef Anthony Demes, who years ago made a splash [years ago] with Goose Hollow's now-defunct Couvron, returns to [the] City of Roses with Noisette, his newest venture in Northwest Portland. Noisette, French for hazelnut, provides its guest options,—lots of options. In addition to offering small plates, both hot (duck liver) and cold (smoked trout mousse), Demes' restaurant also features a multi-course tasting menu that changes when[as] the seasons do. And if the menu didn't already suggest fine dining, the white tablecloths and the chandeliers certainly will. Chad Walsh, 1/3/2012
Calling itself a “conservationist café,” Open Space is a new Creston-Kenilworth coffee shop that serves local products (Stumptown coffee, Black Sheep vegan pastries, Dave’s Killer Bread) and encourages sustainable practices like bringing your own mug. They plan to expand into weekend brunch and grown-up drinks featuring local liquors. Earth Day (April 22) will launch recurring info sessions and demos on recycling, composting, green cleaning, and ingredient sourcing. Liz Hummer, 4/6/10
For five long years, the large space right across the street from Providence Park—once occupied by The Agency sports bar—sat empty. But, it’s now home to a very large restaurant and bar that cooks up a wide array of American comfort food staples, like meatloaf, pork tenderloin, fish and chips, steak frites, five kinds of burgers, and, during weekend brunches, Dutch babies and a pork belly Benedict. The 180-seat space is split three ways, with a cigar room-like lounge, a dining room (sans TVs) made up of a few tables and lots of booths, and a tavern where you can catch the game and enjoy classic and signature cocktails—Ramos gin fizzes, black mango mojitos—or pours from a dozen draft beer taps.
Barber shops have always been a place to catch up with your friends and neighbors while waiting for a trim. But as a place to design your own T-shirt or browse through the latest CDs? Not until now. Barber Daniel Parks has opened such a collaborative venture called All in One. In addition to getting a trim, he says, you can purchase a T-shirt from designer Jeffery Ta's "Blazergonian" line, or even design your own shirt, as well as check out the newest sounds at the adjacent PacFresh Music shop, owned and operated by Reggie Valin and Ash Wendt. Parks says the idea for the venture was divinely inspired and says that, ultimately, it’s the joint venture of four hardworking men who aim to create not just a one-stop shop for various services, but a positive place that can anchor the community as a whole. Chad Walsh, 5/1/2012
Brent Mason and his wife, Erin, figured there was a hole in their neighborhood: It needed a good cafe. When they, alongside friend Terra Baldwin, found a space they deemed perfect for one just a few blocks from their home, they decided to fill it. Park News Cafe offers drip coffee and espresso drinks, loose-leaf teas, bagels, salads, and a variety of lunch sandwiches, plus has a retail space stocked with ingredients used in-house, like Beaverton's Dovetail coffee, protein-rich Nuts 'N More peanut butter, and jellies from Rose City Pepperheads. And, Mason jokes that Park News sells the hottest PBJ in town. The spicy culprit? A schmear of the Pepperheads' Sneaky Ghost jelly made with Thai chilies, jalapeños, habaneros and, yes, you guessed it, ghost chilies.
There is some serious baking going on in Montavilla! Along with Immortal pies and Bipartison’s sweet pies, Laura Widener has finally opened her “dessert destination” on the street, creating inventive treats like Earl Grey Cake, gluten-free brownies, and chocolate peanut butter tarts. Deeeeee-lish! Liz Hummer, 3/4/10
Even though the Pastrygirls don’t refer to their cupcake as red velvet—they prefer Crushed Velvet Fairy Cake—their version of the red velvet cake was one of the most authentic adaptations I’ve ever had. Just like their store front, this cupcake was unassuming, comforting and subtly sweet. Instead of pouring pounds of red dye into their mix, they stick with the traditional way of coloring the batter: unsweetened beet juice. This nostalgic and romantic take on red velvet came with classically swirled cream cheese frosting with chocolate shavings sprinkled atop. The chocolatey cake, although not very red, was not too moist and not too dry and brought back memories of childhood birthday parties spent outdoors.
Because the metro area has Timbers fever, finding a parking spot before soccer matches, let alone finding a place to eat, can be exhausting. But with the opening of PUB, things just got easier. The new 90-seat lunch and dinner bistro serves what the owners call "above pub grub"—think half-pound Kobe beef burgers, deconstructed pot pies, and peanut butter cup Bundts for dessert. The place stocks a full bar, serves four rotating, local draft beers, and offers a kids' menu. And, PUB also offers something Timbers fans—and even non-Timbers fans—can crow about: 90 minutes worth of free parking to any guest of the restaurant.
Ricardo Palomo's new 50-seat, lunch and dinner spot in West End features Mexican dishes that draw on flavors from the country's many regions (Oaxaca, Veracruz, the Yucatán Peninsula), like pescado empapelado (baked fish with mint, cilantro and tomatillos), pollo en mole (a half chicken served with black Oaxacan mole), and longaniza en salsa verde (green salsa-braised sausage with cactus, avocado and queso fresco). Plus, the spot has a full bar, and in addition to providing diners with fresh corn tortillas, Prehispanica offers a couple of things other Mexican spots don't: Moles that are made to order, and a kitchen lets you determine just how much heat you want.
It’s hard to call a 36-year-old local watering hole “new” in any way, but after a seriously incredible renovation by New York architect/designer Wayman Robertson, I think you will agree with me that this is a new experience. A warm and stately mahogany bar, tiled walls, antique velvet couches, and huge, deep, dark booths have transformed the no-frills Buckman pub into a cozy restaurant hangout with a vintage patina. The revamped patio harkens back to ProRow’s roots, with simple wooden picnic tables and old classroom chairs; you’ll also recognize the same staff and a familiar menu of nachos, beer-battered fries, and sandwiches. Liz Hummer, 7/6/10
It's not evident when looking at it from the street, but this nearly 40-year-old restaurant has a large outdoor patio. Because it's a destination—tucked away in the Central Eastside Industrial District—you won't necessarily stumble upon it. But if you do and have never been before, you're in for a pleasant surprise.
Forecast: The patio seats about 70, and the best time to grab a table is either during lunch or right when the 4 p.m. happy hour starts. It's much harder, though, to find tables on Friday and Saturday evenings and nights, so be warned.
SPF: The only true way to catch some direct rays is to dine during lunch, grabbing a seat in the patio's uncovered center. Otherwise, the seating is protected from the sun, rain and wind by high walls and porticos. And in the winter, the patio is covered, so you're protected from the cold as well.
Advisory: Children are allowed until 9 p.m., but dogs are not allowed. Smoking is permitted, but is relegated to a cluster of three tables.
Barometer: The drinks menu features a half-dozen beer and whiskey pairings. Add to that a glass of Scotch and tap your inner John Lee Hooker. If you do, you're going to need some fuel, so try the Row Burger, a half-pound of beef served with crispy onions and the usual fixins on a poppy Kaiser roll.
Relish is a home, gift and interior design service showroom. We specialize in modern/contemporary, locally made as well as international design classic furnishings. We also have local resources to easily design and execute any custom drapery, blinds, bedding and upholstery projects with Marimekko. Maharam and Knoll fabrics. Our focus is always based on sustainable products, materials and practices. About half the showroom is dedicated to locally made gifts and furnishings, which can be modified to a home, office or commercial space.
-Trisha Guido, owner
Locally owned by a proud Pearl District neighbor!
The very first thing you see upon entering Brittany and Octavian Jurj's new TILT location in the Pearl District is a counter space run by Ristretto Roasters. Staffed with expert baristas who can make you a variety of espresso drinks (and drips) from Ristretto's hand-roasted beans, the coffee slingers can also steep your tea and serve you a cold brew from one of two onsite taps. And coming soon, they'll even brew and pour you drinks made using Ristretto's filterless Steampunk Brewing System. Chad Walsh, 1/7/2014
The Fish Grotto has been serving Portlanders since 1891, making it the city's second-oldest dining establishment (after Huber’s). To go with executive chef and manager Melissa Downs' seafood-centric menu, the Grotto's now opened a 30-seat rum bar where you can snack on nachos and fondue, eat lamb burgers, hamburgers and po' boys, and enjoy bowls of clam chowder with fried fish tacos. And because the Sand Bar is a rum bar, expect rum flights and rummy takes on classic cocktails, like rum-based martinis and Manhattans, as well as one called the Corn & Oil (Cruzan Black Strap rum and falernum), which is purportedly the favorite of Keith Richards. Downs also says the menu lists as many as 25 local vodkas, whiskeys and gins, plus locally distilled rum, some of which has been barrel aged in charred oak casks. Chad Walsh, 6/4/2013
If you're looking to learn more about wine, you come to Sauvage. For lots of us, wine remains inaccessible because understanding it can be intimidating. But owner and winemaker Jesse Skiles and his crew are trying to change that by starting a conversation that examines how we think about wine, providing historical context to help us reconnect to and better grasp it. Sauvage doesn’t seat many people, but you can stretch out in the space while rubbing elbows with strangers (and future friends) at its lengthy, 16-seat, family-style table as you admire the decorative stuffed birds and wood casks filled with wine that Skiles and his Fausse Piste urban winery team produce on-site. The space is causal, the service is sincere, and the wine education is presented humbly and generously. In addition to Fausse Piste pours, Sauvage also has a list that includes Portland wines as well as old world, sustainable, natural, organic, and biodynamic wines—including some that seem almost randomly selected, like a Macedonian white. But trust us, they're not. Each wine is carefully chosen to accompany the food that Skiles—who's also the enopub’s executive chef—and his kitchen prepare. And if wine still perplexes your palate, there are a few bottled beers too. But go for the wine, because your distinct, unique palate is something Skiles and his team have faith in. So sit back, sip, eat, and prepare to experience wine in ways that are accessible, exciting and—to use a word you don't often hear in wine circles—fun.
Portland loves sewing—we told you! SewPo is Boise’s fabric shop, walls lined with rainbow bolts of patterns and textures, along with all the buttons, needles, and thread you could ever need. The store also offers classes like Getting to Know Your Machine and Pattern Reading, so beginners shouldn’t feel intimidated. Liz Hummer, 5/4/10
Since 2004, Portland native Raylene Peraza has been collecting and finding homes for antiques and vintage items—via eBay, antique malls and shows, as well as at a now shuttered shop in Milwaukie—but she first scratched that vintage itch as a girl when she accompanied her family to estate sales, flea markets and thrift shops. Her latest venture—a home decor antique shop—puts her squarely along Sellwood's Antique Row. In addition to providing decorative and functional items—from tables, cabinets and chairs linens, to dressers, lamps and suitcases—Peraza and her husband, Jeff Watt, repurpose forgotten items, like windows, and find new uses for them in custom-made furniture pieces. And while nearly everything's pre-1970s, Peraza does stock newer items, like greeting cards and jewelry designed by locals. Plus, Shabby Nest has a parking lot, which is home to outdoor markets during the summer months.
I’ve always loved old and time-worn objects, and I’ve also always had a knack for decorating rooms with them. I also know I’m not alone, and that many of you have a knack for doing the same. So whether you’re hunting for large pieces of antique furniture, repurposed and now-like-new, one-of-a-kind items, or various vintage sundries (clocks, vases, religious statuary, holiday ornaments, birdcages or candlestick holders), our rotating inventory is stocked with what your home needs at always affordable prices. Raylene Peraza
Don’t let the name fool you. Skyline Burgers, brought to you by the folks behind the classic Skyline Restaurant, offers a whole bunch more than burgers. The vast menu recalls old diners that serve just about everything. Grab a Reuben sandwich or some clam strips with fries, and wash it down with a chocolate shake. If you’re feeling a little more health conscious, Skyline has plenty of salads and somewhat more nutritious sandwich options. The name isn’t completely misleading, however; Skyline Burgers offers a plethora of burger options. One highlight is the everything burger, which includes bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. Because who doesn’t like a diner breakfast on top of their diner burger? Ben Waldron, 10/4/11
Locals Nyno Thol and Tina Sanchez may have shuttered Sok Sob Bai, their Cambodian food cart, but that's because they've brought the outdoors in with their new 50-seat, brick-and-mortar, lunch and dinner spot. Sanchez says food cart regulars can expect old favorites like Thol's Cambodian sandwich (braised pork, cilantro, pickles and pork gravy), as well as other plates, big and small, like Khmer sausage, pork belly buns, and amok trey (catfish, eggs, vegetables, krueng, and thickened coconut milk, steamed in banana leaves). Beer, wine and sake are all available, and Sanchez says to expect mixed drinks as well as carry-out bottles of Thol's Da Sauce spicy fish sauce in the near future. Chad Walsh, 5/7/2013
Judy Sleavin says that naming her new eatery, which she owns with her husband, Peter Niland, was simple: The name Songbird was inspired by the collective singing of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood's many birds. The aim of the restaurant, Sleavin says, is to provide a neighborhood eatery featuring farm-to-table ingredients. That's why the kitchen staff sources ingredients from local farms, as well as vegetables from the neighborhood's community garden and herbs from its own on-site garden. The lunch, dinner and Saturday-Sunday-brunch spot seats 35 and features seasonal menus, Sleavin says, so expect new favorites to replace your old ones. And when it's warm, Sleavin and Niland open up their 15-seat patio where you can take in views of the city's iconic extinct volcano and listen to the birdsongs. Chad Walsh, 8/7/2012
Locals from other Portland neighborhoods are catching on to what Mt. Tabor residents already know: If you're looking for some breakfast before you scale the neighborhood volcano, a trip to Songbird is a requisite, and an order of pancakes is a must. Crunchy, artfully cooked and impossibly thin, Songbird's pancakes are sprinkled with powdered sugar, come with real maple syrup, and are topped with a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits, which are caramelized by the kitchen crew moments before the cakes are delivered to your table. And for the kids? A small version of those very same cakes, colorfully dressed up like teddy bear, complete with chocolate chip-banana eyes, a half-strawberry nose, and an apple-slice smile.
Sprinklefingers is not the title of a series of children’s books, nor is it the name of some gormless, long-forgotten villain from the minds of the Brothers Grimm. Rather, it’s the moniker confectioner and former local cupcake magnate Jami Curl gave to her hands when her icing-covered fingertips picked up sundry toppings whilst baking. And while Curl hasn’t given up on cupcakes altogether—Sprinklefingers will carry one cupcake flavor each day—she has switched gears, turning her old cupcake joint (that shares a space with Noun: A Person’s Place for Things) into a candy shop where she makes a variety of homemade cookies, caramels, gumdrops and lollipops, and sells small-batch artisanal chocolate bars and even candy-centric books, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Chad Walsh, 1/23/2014
Robert Lawrence has 30 years of experience in vintage retail and most recently owned Used Vintage Emporium in St. Johns. Now, he's putting that experience to work with his "vintage lifestyle store" in the commercial heart of the same neighborhood. With the help of Kaci Fitch, the store's creative director, Lawrence has created a shop with a 20th-century focus, featuring desks, dressers, sofas, artwork, jewelry, trunks, birdcages, and men's and women’s clothes, dating from the 1940s to the 1990s. "Basically," he says, "If [we find] something we think that is cool and we like the aesthetic, we'll put it in the store." Chad Walsh, 6/5/2012
After outgrowing its small coffee and pastry shop, Sugar Mamas' has found new digs and expanded not just the size of its space—this one seats almost 50—but the scope of its menu. In addition to offering its signature classic, caramel-pecan and bacon-maple cinnamon rolls, Mamas Zelda Nelson and Michelle Schmitt (with the help of partners Emma Cooke and Devin and Damon Schmitt) are offering breakfast and brunch plates that include chicken fried steak, pulled pork, and sweet potato hash, as well as a variety of hash browns stuffed (much like an omelet) with meat loaf, BLT and Reuben flavors. To wash it all down, the Mamas also offer Italian sodas, coffee, tea and (soon) a full bar.
It's an old trope, likening a favorite meal to the ones your grandmother used to make for you as a child. But after tasting a thing or two at Sugar Mamas', you'll find that that old trope has legs. After all, the Mamas (sisters Zelda Nelson and Michelle Schmitt) are making—and baking—the kind of from-scratch food that they themselves ate growing up. The best way to get an idea of what this place is all about is to order a plate of stuffed hash browns, specifically the meatloaf-stuffed hash browns. (The Mamas are particularly proud of their specialty beef, pork and turkey meatloaf.) If you're having trouble visualizing this dish, picture meatloaf, gently sautéed red onions, and melted cheddar cheese, all rolled into what's probably a plate-sized, hand-grated hash brown. It looks like a breakfast burrito but eats better than one. Of course, your grandma also knew how to make sweets too, and Schmitt's cinnamon rolls are about as good as they get. They come three ways (traditional, caramel pecan and maple bacon), heated up and topped with a melted pad of butter because, as Nelson says, "You can never have too much butter”—which is exactly what you'd expect from a cafe that boasts a sign reading: Stressed Spelled Backwards is Dessert. So if you're looking for grandma's home cooking affectionately pushed on you the way grandmas are famous for, then Sugar Mamas' is the place for you. Breakfast is served every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rebecca Moore is a social worker by trade, but she's always loved experimenting and improvising in the kitchen. She also fondly reminisces about the caramels that her late grandmother used to give her. In fact, it was those caramels—along with the challenge of committing to the finely tuned recipes that those candies require—that inspired Moore to start her own sweets business. In addition to offering a handcrafted standard (but nonetheless peerless) variety, Moore also dreamt up other unique and innovative flavors, including one made with apple and ginger, and another with honey, curry and cashews. Plus, she plans on making seasonal flavors that will change four times a year. Moore says it's her goal to marry candy-making with public service, and that’s why she's looking to team up with nonprofits in order to empower the communities those organizations serve.
All our caramel is handcrafted with love, slow simmered in small batches, and then hand cut and wrapped. We thrive on creativity in the kitchen and deliver this to our customers through seasonal and limited-edition flavors.
At Sweet & Salty's Caramel Co., we're not just about the gooey goodness, though. We aim to support our local communities through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations, other small business owners, and local artisans.
You can pick up our caramels at multiple retail locations around town or order online with free shipping or local bike delivery. Ask us about our special party trays and wedding favor packages. Rebecca Moore
With a selection of inventive and seasonal flavor combinations, Sweet and Salty's Caramel Co. can provide your bash with the basics, such as party trays, candy jars, or favors for weddings and special events (complete with custom packaging options like color-coordinated bags and personalized photos or design), all available for local delivery. But, owner and caramel chef Rebecca Moore’s drive for experimentation will also allow you to create whatever flavor you want for your favor—develop your own through a series of consultations and tastings. Then, she’ll keep your recipe on file if you want to reorder for future events (like anniversaries). And when it comes to weddings, Moore knows that “each half of a couple has their own unique tastes,” but she’d like to show you how she can combine a “couple's flavors into one” for your big day, leaving you with a memorable and “deliciously creative outcome,” she says. When it comes down to it, Moore is open to just about anything, so pitch your ideas and she’ll devise a solution that works for everybody—pricing simply depends on the amount of customization, she says.
The website for Tom Richards’ Old Town museum describes the space as a cross between New York’s natural history museum, a Flaming Lips concert and one of your strangest dreams. In person, he describes it as a conceptual art museum—and for those who still have trouble grasping that, try “a critical thinking museum with a sense of humor.” To wit: Past exhibits have included a liar’s hall of shame, a road kill petting zoo, and “The International Museum of Littered Ephemera,” which is a collection of rubbish that Richards has found over the years, as well as littered items reclaimed and sent to him by friends from all over the world. Like any good museum, The Faux Museum has a robust gift shop filled with retro candies, postcards, gift cards, posters and a playfully curated collection of books—from Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love and compendiums on philosophy to books detailing the 9/11 Commission’s official report and the history of rayon. Oh, it’s also home to the world’s last remaining wooly ant. And a keyboard that doesn’t play music but rather human shrieks—including the Wilhelm scream—when the keys are pressed. And a collection of socks as well as one of human nail clippings. And a Mason jar filled with river teeth (and some real human ones) found in the Willamette. And so much more. Admission is $6 for adults, with $1 discounts for students and seniors, while kids get in for $3. Chad Walsh, 4/5/2014
After earning a degree in baking from New York's Culinary Institute of America and spending a decade in Bend as a pastry chef and the proprietor of The Honey Pot pie cart, Mary Sheridan pulled her anchor and didn't drop it again until 2012 when she found a space for her cart in Portland’s Sunnyside neighborhood. With the help of Kelly and Regan Delaney, she's now got a 15-seat, tea, coffee and pie space where she can bake the seasonal sweet and savory pies her patrons have come to to enjoy. Whole pies are always on hand, but Sheridan asks that special orders be made 24 hours in advance. And don't worry, Sunnysiders, the cart that started it all is staying right where it is.
Reynolds Optical's Gary Piehl, the fashion-forward owner of the city's 100-year-old eyewear designer and retailer, has teamed up with the young men behind Sticks & Stones Accessories, fabricators of artisan jewelry crafted from exotic woods, fossils and fine metals, going so far as to rebrand and share his NW Portland eyewear shop. Now called The Specialty Store, shoppers can find clothes and accessories among the spectacles, as well as jewelry designs by Sticks & Stones principals Benjamin Posin, Marc Ishida and Stephan Payne. The trio and their production designers also plan to let shoppers inspect objects from their materials library in order to special request custom-made jewelry and accessories. While Reynolds Optical will maintain its regular store hours, The Specialty Store will be open for business from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Chad Walsh, 3/6/2012
Anyone who thinks that doughnuts and ice cream don’t go well together needs to have their U.S. citizenship revoked. What is this, Communist Russia? Tonalli’s deserves a 21-gun salute for offering a vast selection of both—30-plus varieties of doughnuts and 56 flavors of ice cream, to be exact—not to mention breakfast, burgers and all manner of affordable American fare.
What we like: Buttermilk doughnuts are easy to get wrong, but Tonalli’s makes them oh so right. They’re rich, buttery and the perfect balancing act between light and doughy.
What we don’t: That guy at the opposite table who kept insisting we try the massive apple-filled bear claw after we’d just polished off our 9th and 10th doughnuts of the day. Relax buddy, we’ll be back.
Carol Ellis and Serge Ouattara are advocates for dogs and cats, and for the last four years, the two have operated the pet shop Tré Bone in St. Johns. Ellis says the shop has proven so successful that she and Ouattara decided to open a second shop across town. The spirit of their Hillsdale shop is the same, providing pet owners the choice of several safe and healthy options for toys, leashes and, specifically, food. In fact, Ellis says the foods Tré Bone carries are locally sourced when possible, and are always free of corn, wheat and chemicals. And to give pet lovers peace of mind, they monitor the ingredients listed on every container of food they carry to ensure they never stock a product that could harm an animal. Dogs are welcome. Chad Walsh, 2/7/2012
Two Tarts doesn't specialize in ice cream. Rather, it’s a bakery best known for its miniature cookies. But if you're looking for a small, cold and creamy snack, Elizabeth Beekley's bakery is the place to be. All you have to do is choose your ice cream flavor—Two Tarts generally has two or three rotating flavors on hand—and decide which of the larger cookies will best serve as your ice cream sandwich's bread. We think your best bet is to opt for a pair of thin, light and textural sugar cookies, which, because they're not overpowering, will complement any ice cream you choose. And if there's a fresh batch of snickerdoodle ice cream on hand, try that.
If you were ready for a complete home makeover, you’d visit designers/builders/husband-and-wife James and Kricken Yaker who transform interiors into organic, contemporary spaces. If you’re more in the mood for just a few updates, you can visit their Pearl District retail showroom, which allows you to incorporate their fresh aesthetic with selected wallpaper, lighting, rugs, mirrors, tabletop items, tables, chairs, and built-in cabinetry. Perhaps you simply take home a few candlesticks, or you get inspired to let the Yakers loose in your house. Either way, you’ll feel happy every time you walk in the door. Liz Hummer, 9/14/10
When Leeann Molinari closed her clothing boutique Amalee in 2009, she took her “repurposed vintage adornments” online only, but now you can again peruse them in person in her jewelbox of a shop in Concordia. There are delicate pendants—keys, leaves, birds, arrows—and vintage lockets screenprinted with burnished patterns like peacock leaves, lone oak trees, and other natural scenes. With most items under $50 (even custom initial lockets are just $30!), you can actually bring home everything you fall in love with. Liz Hummer, 5/4/10
Adjacent to the recently opened Woodsman Tavern, the Woodsman Market is your go-to when you're in the mood for an artisan treat. Among the treasures lining the shelves are handpicked cheeses, fine wines, sophisticated olive oils, fresh-cut flowers, and charcuterie cuts curated by a team of local experts like Steve Jones from Cheese Bar, Megan Arambul from Fieldwork Floral, bakers at Little T, and butchers at Chop and Fino in Fondo. And they're open daily, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday. Chad Walsh, 1/3/2012